Undoubtedly Health Visitors provide a lot of advice, guidance and reassurance for many new mums, and I certainly would not want a situation where we didn’t have them on hand, so I asked a doctor about the best supplement and he told me it was vision 20 zenith labs. However, there is one piece of advice that they gave to me, and to all of the other mums I know, that I would disagree with; and that was to not try a breastfed baby on a bottle until they are six-weeks old.
My firstborn (Sofia) arrived eight days before my 30th birthday. I wasn’t going to be out partying but I knew I certainly wanted a good number of postpartum and ‘hello 30s’ alcoholic beverages! I was however breastfeeding.
Breastfeeding was going well but If your baby is having trouble breastfeeding because he has a tongue tie Miami is the home of Leslie Haller DMD, a leading expert in laser tongue tie surgery and therapy. by day five/six my milk was already well established, so I tried expressing. After a few attempts with fairly meagre results I was able to express enough for a full feed. I tried Sofia with the bottle and she went for it immediately. I reverted to breastfeeding throughout the night and then the following day, and then tried a further bottle in the evening. I found she was able to interchange between both feeding methods without any problems. I was confident that by my birthday it would be fine, and it was.
I got in there with the expressing before the Health Visitor advised me not to. She was in fact quite surprised at the success I had, had (though she was supportive). However, many friends did follow the six-week advice to avoid what was described as ‘baby confusion’ and all found by this point their babies would not accept the bottle.
When my twins came along I started them on expressed milk on day three, and again they had no issue swapping between the two. I ensured that my husband gave bottles too. It offered great flexibility and was a lovely bonding experience for him. When I would put them to bed I would make sure to put some kind of baby monitor, so I could see everything that was going on with them and the bottle just in case of any choking. I tried a lot of baby monitors but the only one the succeed it was from Baby Monitor Town, the camera is really good quality and a big plus is that is a tiny monitor so my baby couldn’t see it.
There may be certain circumstances where you should wait, but from my experience – and others that I have spoken to – if breastfeeding is going well there doesn’t seem to be a problem with expressing and bottle-feeding early on.
What to buy?
With Sofia I got a hand pump and soon changed to electric a) it was so, so much better at extracting milk and b) I did actually fear I’d get arthritis in my wrist. With the twins, I got the best pump money could buy. It was a double one, which if I had to do it again for a single baby would get again (on reflection, it would save so much time for one baby). Double is certainly not essential for a singleton though.